Cozy – Modern GTK+ 3 Audio Book Player for Linux [Ubuntu PPA]

Last updated: August 13, 2021 — 2 Comments

Cozy is an open-source audio book player with a modern user interface. It’s written in Python with GTK+ 3, and works in Linux and Mac OS.

Cozy automatically scans media library and imports your audiobooks in one directory. You can also drag and drop and audiobook into the app window to import it.

As a GTK app, it’s well integrated in Ubuntu, Fedora, and other Linux with Gnome Desktop. And dark mode is available to work at night. With libhandy library, it has an adaptive user interface that works well in different screen sizes, e.g., on PC, laptop, and mobile.

audio-book player features:

  • Sort audio books by author, reader & name
  • Remembers playback position
  • Sleep timer
  • Playback speed control
  • Offline Mode
  • Support for DRM free mp3, m4a (aac, ALAC, …), flac, ogg, wav files
  • Mpris integration (Media keys & playback info for desktop environment)

How to Install Cozy in Ubuntu via Official PPA:

Cozy has an official Ubuntu PPA that so far contains packages for Ubuntu 21.04 and Ubuntu 21.10.

Though Ubuntu 20.04 is not supported due to outdated libraries, it still can be installed via little modification.

1. Add Cozy PPA

Firstly press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard or search for and open ‘terminal’ from start menu. When it opens, run command to add the PPA repository:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:cozy-team/cozy

Type user password, no asterisk feedback, when it asks and hit Enter to continue.

2. Install dependencies and modify PPA for Ubuntu 20.04!

For Ubuntu 20.04 and Linux Mint 20, you can either tweak PPA and install mismatched dependency libraries manually, or install Flatpak package (see next step) instead.

a.) Open “Software & Updates” utility, and navigate to “Other Software” tab. There choose and edit the Cozy PPA repository, and change value focal to hirsute for Distribution so it will install the package for Ubuntu 21.04 Hirsute instead.

b.) Open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run commands to download & install updated python3-peewee and python3-mutagen libraries.

  • Navigate to the Downloads folder via cd command:
    cd ~/Downloads
  • Download python3-peewee via wget network downloader:
    wget -c http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/universe/p/peewee/python3-peewee_3.13.1+dfsg-1_amd64.deb
  • And download python3-mutagen via command:
    wget -c http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/universe/m/mutagen/python3-mutagen_1.45.0-1_all.deb
  • Finally install both packages via:
    sudo apt install ./python3-peewee*.deb ./python3-mutagen*.deb

NOTE: since the command download & install 64-bit packages for Desktop PC/Laptop. For mobile or other devices, you can grab them by searching the package name in packages.ubuntu.com.

c.) Add PPA for Libhandy-1 library.

Ubuntu 20.04 also lacks libhandy-1 library, which can be installed from another PPA via the maintainer. Open terminal and run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:apandada1/libhandy-1

You don’t have to run a individual command to install the library, because the next apt command will automatically install it as a dependency package.

3. Install Cozy via apt command.

Finally, run command in terminal to install Cozy audiobook player:

sudo apt install cozy

How to Install Cozy in Ubuntu 18.04 & Higher via Flatpak:

Cozy audio book player is available as Flatpak package which runs in sandbox. It’s an universal package format that installs on most Linux distributions.

Open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T keyboard shortcut or by searching for ‘terminal’ from application menu. When it opens, run following commands one by one.

1. Copy and paste the command and run to install flatpak framework:

sudo apt-get install flatpak

2. Add flathub, the official repository hosts most Flatpak packages:

flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo

4. Finally install Cozy by running command:

flatpak install flathub com.github.geigi.cozy

Once installed, launch the software either from application menu and enjoy!

Uninstall Cozy:

To remove the Flatpak package, run command in terminal:

flatpak uninstall com.github.geigi.cozy

For Cozy installed via Ubuntu PPA, remove it via command:

sudo apt remove --autoremove cozy

NOTE: the command may also remove libhandy-1 as well as Gnome Tweaks. Don’t worry, just install Gnome Tweaks back and it will re-depends on libhandy 0.x in Ubuntu 20.04.

To remove the Ubuntu PPAs, either open “Software & Updates” and go to “Other Software” tab, or run command:

sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:apandada1/libhandy-1
sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:cozy-team/cozy

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2 responses to Cozy – Modern GTK+ 3 Audio Book Player for Linux [Ubuntu PPA]

  1. I cannot find Cozy installed in my Kubuntu 18.04 – no new entries in the menu, no new ‘cozy’ runnable in the console. So how it’s assumed to run it eh?

  2. Jim it’s June 8, 2020 I installed Cozy Player on Ubuntu with minor changes
    sudu apt update
    sudo apt upgrade ( added 42 dependencies updates for Ububtu 20.4.1
    sudu apt flatpak
    logout / login
    2. Add flathub, the official repository hosts most Flatpak packages:
    flatpak remote-add –if-not-exists flathub ‘https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo’
    3. Skip over Ubuntu 18.4 Handbook irrelevant I’m on ubuntu 20.4.1 or more like 20.4.7
    4. Finally install Cozy by running command:
    flatpak install flathub com.github.geigi.cozy
    I haven’t ran Cozy Player yet just a quick Log-out / Log-in and ***** that”s a five star rating Thank You: from, Wayne Osman USA, NJ

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